2007-12-21 - 11:16 a.m.
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Like an early Christmas present, I discovered that Toni Tennille has a blog.
La Vie En Rose: starts strong, becomes problematic.
During the first 20-30 minutes of this film, I was in heaven. Edith Piaf's childhood was so picturesquely awful, and presented here with such verve and color and sensitivity, that one has no choice but to melt. The scene where young Edith is taken to Lisieux to pray at St Theresa's grave is a marvel.
The fondant of my heart began to unmelt back to room temperature as the story of Edith's adult life kicks in, and the trouble is largely that I couldn't cotton to the actress playing Edith. I suspect I'm in a minority here, but I found her acting style off-putting, full of weird mugging and grimacing and over-acting, especially in her scenes as the older Edith.
I realize that the film is not supposed to be easy to watch, and my response is based in part on a mood that may have required nothing more challenging than watching Jack Bauer stalking terrorists, so if you haven't seen this yet, don't let my negativity dissuade you.
Meanwhile, here's the real Edith.
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